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Top 15 secret wine country escapes

Experience wine country without the crowds in these under-the-radar spots for sipping

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Lodi, CA
Photo by David Fenton

Lodi, CA

This Central Valley town knows its wine, and it's easy to explore much of its tasting rooms in a day, as most of the action is located within a 15-minute drive from downtown. The vibe is laid-back, but the grape cred is staggering: The 600,000 tons of wine grapes grown here each year is more than Napa and Sonoma combined. Reap the benefit of major wine production without Napa-sized crowds sipping the area's signature juicy Zinfandels.

More: One perfect day in Lodi

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